UN Secretary General Congratulates Greece for Handling Refugee Crisis and FYROM Name Deal

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres on Thursday congratulated Greece for its response to the refugee crisis, according to the Athens – Macedonian News Agency.

Guterres met with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and discussed the migration, Cyprus and FYROM name issues. The UN secretary general gave the Greek prime minister credit for the “historic agreement” with FYROM, to which he also referred to in his speech.

Tsipras referred to the Cyprus issue on the basis of Greece’s standing for a just and viable solution in the context of UN resolutions. The Greek prime minister stressed the importance of dialogue with Turkey on migration, the Cyprus issue and the overall situation in the Mediterranean region.

Below is the UN readout on the meeting between the two officials:

“The Secretary-General met with H.E. Mr. Alexis Tsipras, Prime Minister of the Hellenic Republic.

The Secretary-General expressed his appreciation for Greece’s support to multilateralism and the United Nations. He commended the Government of Greece for its determination to resolve the long-standing name dispute with the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and expressed his hope that the agreement will enjoy support in both countries. The Secretary-General reiterated that the agreement between Athens and Skopje will have a positive impact in Europe and beyond.

The Secretary-General and the Prime Minister also discussed the Cyprus issue and migration.”